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US Air Force Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
4,455 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 132 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 293 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 315 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 384 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's okay, leadership is just awful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Health care, pay is good for when you're right out of high school. There is some stability.

    Cons

    Hours get long at times, apart from family, work a lot of holidays. Out of the six year I have been in I have only had Christmas off three time worked all the Thanksgivings, five out of six forth of July's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better leadership, new EPR system is just as bad as the old one. Get rid of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Frusturating atmosphere with decent pay.

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    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As an officer, the pay is decent but there is no motivation strive for excellence. The mission can be rewarding.

    Cons

    The military reaches well into your personal life simply because they can. There is no incentive to work hard because everyone is paid the same regardless of performance. The military culture does not use common sense so it is very often frustrating -- the phrase "battery-powered battery charger" keeps coming to mind. If you have an operational job, it could be fun, but if you are in the 97% that have a support job (i.e. not a pilot) it usually lands somewhere on the range of boring to tail-chasing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard work, good pay

    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Glendale, AZ

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a demanding job but you are paid well for the work that you put in day in and day out

    Cons

    The downside is if you have a family you won't have a lot of time to see them because you will be working a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people less hours.

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  5.  

    Air Force Officer

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    Former Employee - Contracting Officer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Contracting Officer in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement and lead an organization to meet objectives. Opportunity to interact and develop requirements with major defense contractors. Great leave and vacation benefits. Generally the leader of a cross functional team.

    Cons

    Long hours when you enter the ranks of successful field grade officers. Sometimes the best are not selected to move forward as you are evaluated on the summary of one page a year of accomplishments. Your subject matter peer group does not evaluate and recommend you for promotion when a promotion board meets. Proximity to senior leadership matters when promotion boards are coming up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publish criteria for promotion. Evaluate the factors identified as essential. Reward and promote the members who can delploy and conduct the mission.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Contracting Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Provided great training and good benefits

    Cons

    Government bueracacy can hurt your motivation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    In the service of those who serve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Have traveled all over, met great people, enjoyed many different types of assignments, developed leadership skills and how to manage through the worst of conditions

    Cons

    having to live in some pretty bad conditions, constant changes to policy, not always a great locations, some personnel were not enjoyable to work with/for

  8.  

    Ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Security Forces
    Current Employee - Security Forces

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady pay and job security

    Cons

    Leadership and constant change to rules and contradiction

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, it hasn't been too bad if you can see past the BS with promoting the wrong people into positions they have no b

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Travel, job security, some benefits (not like they used to be), leadership skills and best lesson learned is how not to manage people!

    Cons

    High suicide and divorce rate, miserable family life from deployments, you don't have a voice and the money is not comperable to the coperate world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study hard, get promoted. It's not too difficault depending on the career field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good job to start out, gets frustrating as you go on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Great starting pay and benefits for someone just coming out of school or working a dead-end job. Solid opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Constant deployments, additional duties and the military "owning you"

  11.  

    Fun times and get to see the world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Health care and constant paycheck.

    Cons

    Pay is low to start out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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